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5.0 out of 5 stars Sites and Insights, March 7, 2002
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Carey Taylor-Forbes (Calgary, AB, Canada.) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Roman Imperial Architecture (The Yale University Press Pelican History of Art) (Paperback)
I found this book to be an excellent, even masterly, coverage of the subject. It is bound by its period, but still gives a sense of the continuity of architectural development from the native Italian, Etruscan, Hellenic and particularly the Hellenistic influences on the growth of Roman architecture into and through the Imperial period. It also covers the continuity of architectural styles, technologies and traditions into the Romanesque period.
I liked the way in which the author covered the regional influences on architecture in the various parts of the Roman world, especially contrasting the East, with its substantial existing traditions, styles and techniques, with the "frontier" type of situation in the West, where the new introduction of Roman technologies and styles all but eclipsed those which had gone before.
The author's writing style seemed the relaxed intimations of a man comfortable with his mastery of the material and without the need to prove himself. I found a particular enjoyment in the tone of someone enjoying passing on the details of his favourite subject.
I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in the way the Romans solved some of the universal challenges of a built environment.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Roman History of Art, February 7, 2010
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This book is required reading for the open Yale course on Roman Art and Architecture. It is a perfect compliment to the course or it could very easily be read without the course. I intend to travel to Italy to see these beautiful sites and I will certainly take my book with me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book., April 3, 2013
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Used in conjunction with Yale's youtube class. Worked really well for the class but should know basics about Roman Architecture first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arcitecture, January 28, 2014
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My nephew is interning architecture school and was excited about this gift for Christmas he was pleased with the gift
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Giftgiving, April 26, 2012
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I bought this as a gift for my dad, who absolutely adores roman and greek architecture, as a gift. He was ecstatic and opened it up and started imediately talking about how happy he was. Brought a smile to my dad's face for a decent price and the shipping was quick.
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Roman Imperial Architecture (The Yale University Press Pelican History of Art)
Roman Imperial Architecture (The Yale University Press Pelican History of Art) by J. B. Ward-Perkins (Paperback - November 25, 1992)
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